Originally posted on PRO Rumors  |  Last updated 2/15/12
Next, we visit the AL Central and take a gander at the possible amnesty clause candidates. In case you missed our amnesty candidates for the AL West make sure you check them out. AL CENTRAL Twins- This player is only a candidate because he has been unable to recover from the aftermath of the concussions he sustained. My selection for the Twins is Justin Morneau who has two-years left on his six-year $80mm deal that started in 2008. Morneau who will make $14mm in the next two seasons has played in only 15o games over the last two seasons. When healthy, Morneau was an MVP and capable of putting up 34 home runs and 190 hits. Last season, Morneau hit .227 in 69 games while spending time on the DL for an assortment of injuries which included concussion symptoms. Royals-This was another tough selection as the Royals don’t have many expensive contracts or multi-year deals that would fall into the amnesty category. But since we have to select one, Jeff Francoeur and his brand new two-year $13.5mm wins the amnesty award (Francoeur signed his new deal during the season). Though the breakdown of his contract is still not known, it would evenly breakdown to him earning $6.75mm which may be a little to rich for the Royals and there game plan. Tigers- Unfortunately for Victor Martinez coming back from a torn ACL with $25mm left over two-years will get you on my amnesty list every time. Martinez was a stud last year hitting .330 with 103 RBIs but coming back from such a severe injury like he is, you just don’t know how someone will rebound. Plus, the money freed up will allow them to sign somebody to help fill the offensive void (like they did with Prince Fielder) and help fill other holes on the roster. Indians- Travis Hafner who signed a four-year $57mm deal in July ‘07 cashed in after three seasons of hitting at least .305. Since then, his best numbers came last season when he hit .280 but played in only 94 games. Hafner is set to earn $13mm as the clubs primary DH this season. Hafner also has a $13mm club option for 2013 that probably won’t be exercised. White Sox- Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, you are the weakest link. Goodbye. Ok, wrong game show but both are strong candidates to send away. But I would have to select Adam Dunn. Dunn is owed $34mm over the next three seasons, Rios $36.5mm over the same period so the money is close to even. But the thing that separates the two is that Rios is serviceable on defense while Dunn played only 39 games on defense. Rios has tasted success in the AL while Dunn is still searching for success in the AL. Next we will look at the Amnesty candidates in the AL East. Image taken by Keith Allison and used under the Creative Common License Agreement.
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